This Floral Dreamcatcher is named Chenoa, meaning "white dove" in Amerindian.
THE LEGEND OF THE FLORAL DREAM CATCHER
The legend of the dream catcher has Native American origins. Although today it is widespread among all the Indian peoples of North America, it is believed to have originated in the lands of the Objiwes and then spread among other indigenous peoples, undergoing variations and enrichments. Before spreading to the West, it took on many guises, including that of the Floral Dreamcatcher.
It is said that a spider woman, called Asibikaashi, took care of the people of the valley, especially the children. However, when the Ojibwe migrated, it became difficult for Asibikaashi to protect the children. Mothers and grandmothers carried spider webs that were magical for the children, using willow branches or natural fibers to hang them in the hoop thus made. The dream catcher filtered dreams, allowing only the good dreams to visit the children. Once the sun rose, the bad dreams trapped in the net disappeared.
THE DREAMCATCHER LEGEND IN CHEYENNE CULTURE
Long before the arrival of the white man, a child lived in a Cheyenne village called Nuvola Fresca. One day, the child said to his mother, "At nightfall, a black bird often comes to feed, pecks off pieces of my body and eats me until you arrive. But I don't understand how this happens.
With great motherly love, her mother reassured the little girl saying: "The things you see at night are called dreams and the black bird that comes is only a shadow that comes to greet you" she replied: "But I am so afraid, I would like to see only the white shadows that are good for me".
Then the wise mother, knowing in her heart that it would be unfair to close the door to her child's fear, invented a round net to capture dreams in the lake of the night, then gave the object a magical power: to recognize the good dreams, that is to say those that are useful to the spiritual growth of her child, from those that are bad, that is to say insignificant and deceitful.
She built many dream catchers in the guise of the Floral Dream Catcher and hung them on the cradles of all the little ones in Cheyenne village. As the children grew, they decorated their dream catchers with items that were special to them and the magical power grew, grew, grew with them. Every Cheyenne retains their dream catcher for life, as a sacred object of strength and wisdom.
Even today, centuries later, every time a child is born, the American Indians build a dream catcher and place it over the child's crib. Using a special, highly ductile wood, they form a circle that represents the universe and weave a web-like network through it. The spider's web then takes care of capturing and preserving all the dreams that the child will have. If they are positive dreams, the dream catcher will entrust them to the string of pearls (the forces of nature) and make them come true. If they are negative, he will deliver them to the feathers of a bird and take them away, scattering them in the skies.
THE LAKOTA LEGEND OF THE FLORAL DREAM CATCHER
In ancient times, when the world was young, an old wizard stood on a mountain top and had a vision. Iktome, a great master of wisdom, appeared to him in the form of a spider and spoke to him in a sacred language. He told the old Lakota about the cycles of life, how we began life as children, from childhood to adulthood, then we grow old and are cared for as if we were children again.
The elder had a circle with him, it was a willow circle with feathers and hair attached to it with beads. The spider took it and began to weave a net inside. As she wove, she continued to speak and said, "In every period of life there are many forces, some good and some bad: if you listen to the good forces, they will guide you in the right direction, but if you listen to the bad ones, you will go in the wrong direction. And that could damage you.
When he had finished speaking, Iktome handed the circle with the net to the elder and said, "The spider's web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use it to help your people achieve their goals, making good use of ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in Wakan Tanka, the web will hold your good visions, while the bad ones will pass through the center hole. "
When he had finished speaking, Iktome handed the circle with the net to the elder and said, "The spider web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use it to help your people achieve their goals, making good use of ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in Wakan Tanka, the web will hold your good visions, while the bad ones will pass through the center hole. "
The old medicine man then told this vision to his people, and since then the Dakota have considered each dream catcher a sacred object and hang it at the entrance to their tepees to filter their dreams and visions. The good ones get caught in the net and the bad ones slip through the center hole and disappear forever.
THE DREAM CATCHER LEGEND IN CHIPPEWA CULTURE
A spider was slowly weaving its web in a corner near the place where Nokomis, her grandmother, had slept. Every day, Nokomis observed the spider at work weaving its web. One day, while she was watching it, her nephew came in and, as soon as he saw the spider, he jumped up, grabbed a shoe and ran to the spider's web. "No keegwa," Nokomis whispered, "Don't kill it." The boy stopped and asked, "Nokomis, why are you protecting that spider?" The old woman smiled but did not answer.
As soon as her nephew had left, the spider approached the old woman and thanked her for saving his life. She said, "For many days you have watched me weave and swing my web, admiring my work. Since you saved my life, I will give you a gift in return. "She smiled with that special smile that spiders have and walked away, weaving as he moved. Immediately, the moon came softly up to the window and illuminated the net with a magical silver beam.
"See how I'm going to weave?" Said the spider to Nokomis, "Watch and learn. Each net will capture the bad dreams, only the good dreams will pass through the small central hole. This is my gift to you. Use it to catch only the good dreams, the bad ones will remain hopelessly trapped in the net. The weave of this Floral Dreamcatcher represents the weave of the spider.
HOW TO USE THIS FLORAL DREAM CATCHER?
Although most people no longer believe in the powers of the Floral Dreamcatcher, it is often used by parents. By telling their children Native American legends, they fall asleep and their minds become too relaxed to have nightmares.
The Floral Dreamcatcher is usually placed above the headboard but its placement depends only on your expectations.
This Floral Dreamcatcher is also often used in interior decoration to give clarity to a room and bring a touch of calm and serenity thanks to its white color.
Its large size allows to decorate a room in an instant and without cluttering it.
IS IT NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THIS DREAM SENSOR?
No maintenance is necessary, it will keep for many years without suffering the effects of time by its composition in organic material of high quality. It will be the witness of your most beautiful memories.
Composition : High quality organic material
Length: 55 cm
Circle size: 20 cm